Dear 100 Hour Board,
Someone told me that I shouldn't pay tithing with a check because it costs the church money to process checks, and with thousands (potentially millions) of people paying with them that it adds up to be a very significant number. Can you find something to back that up either way?
Dear Mrs. Wormwood,
I e-mailed Father M. (who has served as a bishop and in a stake presidency), and he provided the following:
Short answer is yes, it costs money to process a check. Long answer is that the Church is not concerned. In North America it's negotiated with banks to accept deposits. Due to volume, it's probably a very favorable rate, too.
I use checks to pay my tithing, and my parents have always used checks to pay their tithing. It's just a lot more convenient than putting a lot of cash in the envelope. Especially if you don't get to the ATM that often.
(Just going to say that I love the fact that the 'long' answer is barely longer than the short answer.)
Dear Check Mated,
On top of Tally M.'s answer, what would you do instead: pay in cash? If everyone did that, the hassle would be significantly more, not less (speaking as a former financial clerk). Checks really are probably your best option right now.